West Indies v Pakistan, only Twenty20, St Lucia April 22, 2011

'My self-confidence helped me' - Bishoo

ESPNcricinfo staff

Legspinner Devendra Bishoo, whose Man-of-the-Match performance helped West Indies win the one-off Twenty20 against Pakistan in St Lucia, has said his increasing "self-confidence" played a big role in the development of his bowling.

"My self-confidence helped me a lot from World Cup up to now," Bishoo said. "This is just the starting point of my career and I am enjoying my cricket. Everybody is a normal cricketer and that's the way I go about thinking about it. I just back myself and do whatever I do best."

Bishoo picked up four wickets, including that of Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi, and conceded only 17 off his four overs. He said he had focussed containing the batsmen. "We set a target of 151, which we could have worked with, and capitalised on it. When I came on to bowl, I just tried to contain the batsmen. I varied my pace as much as possible and it worked out.

"All wickets are big wickets. I always back myself to do well against the batsmen I come up against. When I came on to bowl I knew the team needed a good performance. I just tried to use my variations and changes of pace."

Bishoo, who was playing his first international match at home, said he now hoped to go on and become a "great cricketer for West Indies."

"This is a great feeling," he said. "It was good to play the way we did and give the supporters something to celebrate. It worked out well today and we are looking forward to the ODI series"

Afridi said the inability of Pakistan's batsmen to string partnerships together contributed to the defeat in a game he believed his team should have won. Their highest partnership was 29 as compared to the 99-run partnership between Darren Bravo and Lendl Simmons for West Indies' second wicket.

"I think the pitch was good for batsmen, and I don't know why we missed this opportunity to win this match," Afridi said. "We are not building any partnerships. This is what has been missing for us for a few months. Bishoo bowled really well, and all of their bowlers delivered in the right areas."

The first ODI of the five-match series will be played in St Lucia on April 23.

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  • Hildreth on April 25, 2011, 0:34 GMT

    I am very encouraged by the performance of young Bishoo who should have been in the original WC squad. The West Indian SELECTORS must bring into the team the best bowling talent currently available in the region. And right now according to the stats for the just concluded 4 day competition SPINNERS top the list of bowlers in the region: Austin, kantasighn, Mathurin, Brown. They all have great averages and economy rates. Emrit was the top seamer. It would be wise to give these guys international exposure against Pakistan in either ODI or test matches in order to increase our bowling stock and ensure the best bowlers are representing West Indies. This is an important step in building a competitive Windies team. I was a bit disappointed that Santokie who was the best seamer during the last Caribbean 20/20 was not played in the only T20 against Pakistan. Once again the selectors missed an opportunity to expose a promising talented player.

  • Suresh on April 22, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    Of course Pakistan has a large heart and they allow the opposition to win.

  • D on April 22, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    And these are the greatest T20 players in the world without whom IPL is a failure :-)

  • Dummy4 on April 22, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    how can us fans get rid of the WICB..any sugestions...

  • Dummy4 on April 22, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    bishoo is one of the best spin bowler in the world now...but he need his 3 best player back on the team...shiv..gayle..sar..

  • Dummy4 on April 22, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    I had mentioned BISHOO'S name in the WI team almost 2 seasons ago,based on his regional performance. But nothing happens before it's time. SAMMY has to know when to bowl this guy, and he will get the desired result.

  • Dummy4 on April 22, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    Apparently the Caribbean is talentless and we should depend on 2 or 3 players! Aparently the board doesnt know what the hell it is doing!There are lots of bishoos waiting to be discovered given the chance:players who have the hunger, joy and pride. Players who are a lot less talented but show more effort and commitment on the field. A case in point: Sammy might not be the most talented cricketer but he certainly played a a major part in the TEAM winning. Bishoo looks like a good talent and has done well in his short international career. For those wondering he got most of his wicket in the REGIONAL tournaments whcih we windians keep trashing as worthless and substandard. Regardles of what happens in the rest of the series, guys who have been performing the the regional competion deserve to get a chance. Remember how Roach appeared on the scene?

  • Stark on April 22, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    I knew Pak were going to lose the T20. Pak have gone from being the best T20 side to the worst!

    But that's okay because I expect Pak to win the Test and ODI series comfortably. Bishoo is a really good leg spinner and an exciting prospect but batsmen will dent him in the ODI format and especially Umar Akmal.

  • Dummy4 on April 22, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    yeah rite afridi !!!! u dun wana play test crickt n then u wonder y ur unable to build partnerships :P

  • Rohan on April 22, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    Bishoo u rock bro, love and support frm india...

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